Though innerspring mattresses once reigned supreme as the de facto (read: only) bedding option for sleepers around the world, all-foam models have since emerged as a popular alternative. Soft, gentle, and pressure-relieving, these mattresses can offer a pleasant respite from the firm and bouncy coil mattresses of yore. Plus, they’re easy to pack and ship, making them a staple of the growing “bed-in-a-box” movement, which sees brands delivering beds straight to their customers’ front doors. But though the plethora of new foam options is certainly enticing, it can make it hard to know which one is right for you and your specific sleep needs.
But never fear, Sleepopolis is here! Below, we’re breaking down our absolute favorite foam mattresses on the market today. They range from the luxuriously soft to the light and breezy and are guaranteed to up your sleep game immensely.
Here, gentle pressure relief meets firm support for a dynamic feel that’ll satisfy a wide range of sleepers.
- The green tea infusion in the memory foam top layer is intriguing, and works to keep the material cool and fresh.
- I think side sleepers could find a lot to love in the deep pressure relief they’ll likely experience as they sink through the memory foam comfort layer.
- The Zinus is also an excellent value buy, with a Queen size coming in at just under $200.
- Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of bounce to this mattress, which could pose a problem for those in search of a little lift.
- I’m also not sure I’d recommend this bed for back or stomach sleepers, as these folks typically need a firmer structure for better support at the hips and lower back.
Featuring four layers of green tea-infused memory foam and high-density poly foam, the Zinus mattress is a foam lover’s dream.
Best for Side Sleepers
If you’re a side sleeper looking for a foam mattress that’ll support your shoulders and hips as you sink into bed, the Olee Sleep could be a great pick for you. Built with layers of gentle memory foam and high-density poly foam, this mattress features deep — and fantastic — pressure relief.
- As the category title suggests, I’d highly recommend the Olee for side sleepers. Since the main player here is memory foam, most folks are going to sink deeply into the material for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- In general, fans of memory foam could find a lot to love in the Olee, which embodies all the great characteristics of the foam.
- And finally, the price is definitely right on this mattress! If you’re on a budget, but want the luxury feel of memory foam, this could be the bed for you.
- Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of bounce to this mattress, which could be a dealbreaker for those who like a really buoyant structure.
- I’m also not sure I’d recommend the bed for stomach sleepers, as the bed’s not quite firm enough to support the hips.
The Olee Sleep has gentle memory foam that provides the pressure relief that side sleepers need.
Tuft & Needle
For those in search of a foam mattress that sleeps cool, the Tuft & Needle might just be your best bet! Built with a gel-infused top layer of foam, this bed is as cozy as it is breathable, working to dissipate body heat while you sleep.
- As the title here suggests, a big selling point for the Tuft & Needle is its cooling power, which you get via the breathable cover and graphite-infused comfort layer of foam.
- Secondly, the T&N is an awesome value buy. With a Queen priced just under $600, this mattress offers a lot of comfort at an affordable price point.
- With its firm feel and supportive bounce, the T&N will likely work best for back and stomach sleepers.
- This firmness could pose a problem for side sleepers, who need a gentler structure to sink into for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- With just two layers, the profile here is a little thin, which could be problematic for heavier folks who might push through the comfort layer and press uncomfortably into the firm base.
The Tuft & Needle is a great no frills mattress that helps sleepers stay cool through the night!
Best Memory Foam
If you’re a fan of memory foam, the Nectar mattress is the one for you! With five inches of the stuff up top, this bed perfectly evokes the material’s most beloved characteristics, namely its deep sinkage and body-contouring.
- I’d recommend the Nectar for anyone who wants that classic memory foam feel, deep body-contouring and all.
- In this vein, I think the Nectar could be great for side sleepers, as the memory foam layers should bring plenty of cushiony pressure relief to the shoulders and hips.
- The bed also features solid motion transfer and edge support, so could be a solid pick for couples.
- Though many will enjoy the memory foam in this bed, stomach sleepers may find it a tad too soft for their needs.
- There’s also virtually no bounce to the Nectar, so may not be the best pick for those after a little lift.
The Nectar allows you to sink deep into bed for great pressure relief and the classic body contouring memory foam feel.
Memory foam may have a slight reputation as a luxury material, but that doesn’t mean every bed that utilizes it is astronomically priced. One great example of this is the Lucid mattress, which features the gentle foam without increasing the cost for the consumer.
- The thick top layer of memory foam produces some immediate comfort for the sleeper, which could be beneficial for those with aches and pains.
- One type of sleeper that might especially enjoy this memory foam section is the side sleeper, who needs relief at the shoulders and hips.
- But truly, the biggest pro for the Lucid is its cost — very few companies can match its affordable $375 Queen size price tag.
- That being said, not even a low price could make this bed a good fit for stomach sleepers, who need a touch more lift at the hips for healthy spinal alignment.
- I’d also say this may not be the best pick for folks in search of bounce, as the memory foam dampens virtually all movement.
The Lucid mattress features great gel memory foam and is a great value!
How We Picked
Now that we’ve gone over our top foam mattress picks, let’s delve a bit deeper into the methodology behind the choices.
Not all foam is created equal, so it’s crucial to find a mattress built with high-quality materials. When we talk about quality, we want to focus on a couple characteristics, namely density and thickness.
- Density – The density of a foam is a measure of its weight. Essentially, it’s how much actual foam is present in a material; therefore, the higher the density, the greater the lifespan of the foam. For memory foam, the sweet spot is between 3.0-5.0 PCF (pounds per cubic foot).
- Thickness – Thickness is another important indicator of quality. A one inch thick layer of latex, for example, isn’t going to be nearly as comfortable as one of two or three inches. Most brands list construction specs on their sites, so pay extra close attention to these before buying.
Just because two materials are both labelled “foam” doesn’t mean they’re going to feel the same, so it’s vital to understand the subtle differences between all the various types of foam. Below, I’ll breakdown the qualities of some of the most popular ones.
- Memory Foam – Known for its sinkage and body-contouring, memory foam has a slow response to pressure that produces a quasi-hug affect as it conforms to your body’s curves. Great for alleviating tension at the shoulders and hips, but also notorious for absorbing and trapping body heat. Generally preferred by side sleepers.
- Latex – A bouncier option than memory foam, latex has a quick response to pressure that helps position the sleeper more “on top” of the bed than “in” it. Not a lot of contouring here, but this gentle material does have some awesome cooling properties, which help to dissipate body heat. Generally preferred by combo sleepers or other folks who need to move around and change positions in the night. Often used in “organic” or “eco-friendly” beds.
- Poly foam – The firmest foam of the bunch, poly foam is typically utilized as a transition or base layer. This material may not bring a ton of comfort to the party, but its support can be especially beneficial for back and stomach sleepers.
Mattresses are rarely if ever built with one type of foam, so you’ll want to pay close attention to what kinds of foams are being used in a structure. A top layer of memory foam typically indicates that the bed will be softer while a top layer of latex usually means the bed will be bouncier.
After going over our picks and chatting about the whys behind the whats, let’s wrap up this round-up with a few tips you can employ to find the all-foam mattress of your dreams.
- If you’re not sold on a particular kind of foam, try to find a mattress that combines several different types together. These beds often have a much more balanced feel, and typically find a nice sweet spot between pressure relief and support.
- Like the idea of memory foam, but don’t want to overheat at night? Then look for memory foam that’s been modified to mitigate the stuffiness. The most common types of modifications include gel infusions or open-cell constructions.
- And if you’re on the hunt for latex, learn the difference between Dunlop latex (all-natural, thick and dense) and Talalay latex (aerated, less dense than Dunlop, but difficult to produce naturally).
Well folks that about does it for this guide! Whether you’re looking to sink into a luxurious memory foam bed or bounce around a lively latex one, you’re now equipped with all the knowledge you need to find the all-foam mattress of your dreams.
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole.
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